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Here, we’ll take a look at eight standouts among the hundreds of companies we reported on in January.
We analyzed the features and functionality of upcoming 5G devices in our Future 5G Mobile Devices report, detailing how future product portfolios can better serve end users and target market stakeholders. Apple continues to strengthen its already steady footing in the 5G market and is possibly working to expand its flagship product lines with 5G-capable devices, such as the iPhone 15, a 5G MacBook, and a 5G Apple Watch, as well as the rumored addition of Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR) headsets and glasses. But there are also some further fetched 5G possibilities for 2023 like the iPhone Flip/Fold—as it sounds, an Apple flip phone. Apple’s move to include foldable phones, in particular, echoes an industry trend, as the flip phone again becomes increasingly popular amid consumer nostalgia for past technological eras.
Our Digital Transformation in the Metalworking and Machine Tool Industry report looks at the current machine tool market and identifies strategies for improving efficiency in collaboration with technology vendors. Siemens is leading the wave of digital transformation in the market with the recent announcement of its Xcelerator, an open digital business platform composed of Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled hardware and software, and a growing marketplace where customers, partners, and developers can interact. The Xcelerator follows a year of advancements across Siemens’ other applications, adding features that enable intelligent resource management and machine workflow optimization.
Our Digital Transformation of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain report assesses opportunities for solving pain points through emerging digital technologies, such as asset visibility, control towers, blockchain, and robotics. On that last front, RightHand Robotics has created a proprietary Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered piece picking system known as RightPick that is designed to help companies across markets scale volume at the warehouse level. With the rapid increase in online ordering—affecting a variety of enterprises, but especially pharmaceutical companies that have experienced increased distribution demand as prescriptions and medical care move toward becoming direct to consumer—RightPick’s combination of AI, machine vision, and grippers relieves supply chain congestion.
Our Revolutionary Technologies for Indoor Cellular Networks report charts the increasing importance and development of indoor cellular networks for and beyond 5G. Ericsson is among the top companies accelerating indoor connectivity solutions, as a large portion of people continue to spend more of their online time indoors since the start of the pandemic. Ericsson’s 5G small cells deliver indoor networks quickly and with high performance capabilities. The company’s innovations include the world’s first indoor 8008 Megahertz (MHz) Antenna Integrated Radio (AIR), which doubles 5G performance, and the world’s smallest C-Band small cell, the Radio Dot, which offers an energy-efficient and long-reach connection.
Our analysts provide a detailed roadmap for fleet management solutions, particularly in response to trends that will disrupt road operations through 2027, in our Road Freight Transportation Technology Trends report. As market-wide issues, from supply chain issues to driver shortages to rising repair costs, continue to complicate road freight operations, companies like Mercedes-Benz are adapting their fleets to mitigate these changing needs. Mercedes-Benz is expanding its fleet of battery-electric trucks with the recent addition of the eActros LongHaul, planned for 2024, which uses an Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery that can be charged quickly and lasts for long distance trips. The company has also been experimenting with autonomous trucks for years, and while driverless fleets do not seem to be a reality in the very near future, we will continue to see efficiency-oriented advancements.
Our Smart Commercial Building Software report assesses the growing smart building and Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Operation (AECO) software markets and identifies key opportunities for value creation. Honeywell, a household name due to its consumer offerings from air purifiers to thermostats, is hurtling toward a sustainable future in its commercial building branch by investing in software that enables buildings to be dynamically responsive and operate on electric as frequently as possible. Its central software offering, WEBs-N4, is a commercial building management system that integrates with Honeywell controllers and field devices to give users robust control over building automation. The software offers real-time building data, such as indoor air quality and energy efficiency, and distributes building management tasks across connected intelligent devices. Honeywell also collaborates with Accelerator for America to promote smart city growth in potential hotspots across the United States.
Learn more in the infographic, 4 Smart Building Case Studies That Make the World More Sustainable.
We dissect the changes, advancements, and opportunities in the current Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) space in our GNSS Mass Market Update. In response to the automotive industry’s increased need for powerful positioning software that exceeds the capabilities of GPS, Qualcomm has stressed a focus on its integrated multi-frequency, multi-constellation GNSS. Qualcomm’s offerings—like its Snapdragon 4G and 5G modems that support a breadth of constellations on varying frequency bands and, in collaboration with Alps Alpine, its Vision Enhanced Precise Positioning (VEPP) software that leverages sensors to obtain accurate lane-level positioning—increase accuracy and safety. Qualcomm’s GNSS products are specifically tailored to adapt alongside emerging applications.
Our Infrastructure Vendor Strategies for Enterprise Cellular report provides a market overview of enterprise strategies, paying special attention to Open Radio Access Network (RAN) and Open Virtualized RAN (vRAN). Nokia is one of five companies around the world with the capacity to build 5G networks end-to-end and is relying increasingly on Open RAN to do so, effectively meeting the critical needs of already stressed networks. Nokia also sets itself apart with its Industrial-grade Private Wireless solutions—the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) and Modular Private Wireless (MPW)—that use radio, cloud, and machine learning to bring simple, yet reliable connectivity to customers across the spectrum.
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